The Notebook: the Musical

Yup, you read that right.

Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook is officially becoming a Broadway musical.  It will (relatively) soon join the likes of other mega-hit movie-musicals like Mean Girls, Pretty Woman, and Frozen.

At least considering the cult following it’s gathered since it was released in 2004, I’m betting it’ll be a hit.

Think that’s exciting enough?

Bekah Brunstetter (writer of The Cake and supervising producer of a little show called This Is Us) is writing the book and Ingrid Michaelson is taking on music and lyrics.

Produced by Kevin McCollum (In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent), Kurt Deutsch (Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records), and Sparks himself, the rest of the team is being assembled as we speak, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

I know mine will be.

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Email summer@davenporttheatrical.com or call 212-874-5348 for more information about booking Ken to speak at your next event.

 

 

 

Three Best Motivational Books I’ve Read in the Past Three Months

And every single one of them written by a woman.
Coincidence?
Nay.
2.  The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
3.  Grit by Angela Duckworth

It’s Tony Friday!

Happy Friday, Writers!

 

This is a very special Friday.

 

It’s Tony Friday.

 

There are just a few hours left for all us voters to rush over our ballots to the accountant’s office.  I’m kind of an over achiever so I got mine in last week. 😉

 

I assume you are all going to watch on Sunday, right?  Some of you PRO members are even coming to my Tony party, right?  (If you want to come, it’s not too late.  If you’re a PRO member just shoot me an email and I’ll squeeze you in.  If you’re not a PRO yet, click here and pop me an email once you’re in and I’ll make sure you get an invite.  Gonna be fun and over 100 people just like you are showing up!)

 

Before you watch all those writers take the stage on Sunday and realize their dreams, and literally hold those dreams in their hands, I want you to do something for me.

 

Let me be more specific.

 

I want you to write something for me.

 

I want you to write . . . your Tony Award acceptance speech.

 

I’m serious.

 

Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t thought of this before.  Maybe you’ve done it in a mirror or just thought of what you’d say when you watched someone else give an inspiring speech (or a bad one).

 

So take 15 minutes before Sunday . . . just 15 minutes . . . and write your speech.

 

Maybe yours will be funny.  Maybe it’ll be serious.  Maybe you’ll make it political.  Maybe you’ll do a dance step.

 

Just write it.  And make it uniquely you.

 

And yes, this is an inspirational exercise.  By writing it, you’ll be putting yourself in that moment, and by making it feel a little more real, you’ll be that much closer to making that @#$% happen.

 

But, it’s also practical.  You’ve got 15 minutes to write a unique speech that’ll stand out from the crowd.  When you’re done, you’ll be a little bit better of a writer.

 

And a little bit closer to your dream.

 

Have a great writing weekend!

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S.  I was serious about that Tony invite.  Just a couple spots left if you want to come.  I couldn’t invite everyone because Radio City was booked already. 🙂  So it’s only reserved for my friends, family and Pros! Click here to join now and you’re in!

Full List of Tony Winners 2017

The complete list of winners follows:

Best Musical
Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!

Best Play
Oslo by J.T. Rogers

Best Revival of a Play
August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

Best Direction of a Play
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Best Book of a Musical
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson

Best Score
Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

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